Interesting People From The Past…

Duke of Abercorn. James Albert Edward Hamilton. He was in the Life Guards and afterwards a Conservative MP for the City of Londonderry. In 1913 he succeeded to the title of Treasurer to the Kings Household. He was Governor of Northern Ireland for six successive years from 1922. He was born in 1869.

Stephen Donoghue was one of the most famous English jockeys in racing history. He began riding in 1909 and achieved his first big success winning the Cambridgeshire stakes in 1910. He rode 143 winners in 1920 and won the Derby six times from 1915 to 1925 thus establishing a record on the turf. He was born in 1884.

Amy Johnson. (Mrs. James A. Mollison) She worked for a time in a London solicitor’s office. Then after qualifying as a pilot, established her first record with a solo flight to Australia in 1930. Next year she flew to Japan and then with her husband flew to the Cape. Sadly, she perished in an air accident in 1941. She was born in 1904.

Dame Sybil Thorndike. A badly sprained wrist, due to too much piano practice, led her to give up her ambition to be a concert pianist and to become an actress. She acted in Shakespear plays in the UK and USA, and she also had many other leading roles. Born in 1882.

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